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(2004)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The well scene features British soldiers preventing the main character from getting water. The British did not have a military presence in that area until after World War One.
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Such a see-through yashmak like the one Jazira is wearing would be absolutely unacceptable in Muslim cultures at that time.
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It is mentioned that the race goes through Iraq and Syria, but they did not exist as nations until the British drew the borders after World War I.
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When Frank looks up at the Statue of Liberty, see she is holding the new gold torch that replaced the old one at the statue's centennial.
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While the train is pulling out prior to Hopkins getting off it shows the rail cars using a knuckle coupler. The coupler was not accepted by the US until 1893, 3 years after the movie takes place.
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The British soldiers are seen to have Lee Enfield rifles and Webley pistols. The Lee Enfield was not adopted by the British Army until 1896, six years after the setting of the film. The Webley model seen was not adopted until the First World War, although a different one was in use at this time.
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Character error 

When Frank is telling Jazira about his Native American background, he says that "shunka wankan" is Sioux for "big dog". The people of this tribe prefer to call themselves "Dakota" or "Lakota", as "sioux" is a word meaning "snake" and was given to the Lakotas by the Crows (enemies of the Lakotas).
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Continuity 

The blood on Hidalgo's nose as he approaches the finish line disappears for one shot.
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When Frank is racing to the finish at the end of the movie, supposedly riding Hildalgo bareback, a saddle appears and disappears between shots.
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Frank's hair in the scene near the end where he is seeing the mirages.
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In the leopard attack scene, the leopards simply disappear after fighting with Frank. They are never killed or shown to run off.
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When Frank and Lady Anne are sitting having a conversation outside the tent halfway through the race, the clouds in the background, especially behind Frank, change between shots.
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During the course of the movie, the pattern on the right side of Hidalgo's neck changes. At his shoulder, throughout the movie, the pattern changes to having chestnut spots and then having a solid white splotch on his shoulder.
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When Frank Hopkins is applying shaving cream to himself, he spreads it all around his chin. In the next shot, we see it covering only half of his chin.
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When Frank is in the sheik's tent for the first time, and the sheik's horse goes through the tent, it's night outside. When Frank leaves, the sheik wishes him a good night, but you can see the sunlight coming in through the tent flap the horse just went through.
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When Frank is handcuffed in the tent and about to be castrated, the "torture aid" opens his case and removes a serrated blade. In the next shot, it is back in the case.
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When Aziz threatens Frank with a dagger, Buffalo Bill pulls out a gun. The dagger disappears from Aziz's hands between shots.
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After Jazira feeds Hidalgo the camel's milk and talks to Frank, her veil is alternately (not) covering the tip of her nose between shots.
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When offered a smoke by Sheikh Riyadh, Frank takes out a cigarette, which remains unlit until he takes two steps away, and it becomes lit and half smoked.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When "Cowboy" has a rope around Hidalgo's neck, pulling him out of the trap in the trap in the desert, you can see the horse climbing up a wooden plank
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Errors in geography 

One of the purebred Arabian horses is actually an Andalusian. Although it's not totally implausible that such a horse would be there, claiming it is an Arabian purebred is akin to claiming that the Chimichanga originated in Great Britain.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While the train is pulling out prior to Hopkins getting off it shows the rail cars using a knuckle coupler. Although this coupler was not required by law in the US until 1893, 3 years after the movie takes place, it was invented in 1863 and used by some railroads before legally required.
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Plot holes 

When Frank goes to shake the Sheik's hand, he is told the Sheik can't touch him or he will lose his ability to foretell the future. But just minutes later, when Frank hands the Sheik the Colt revolver, and the Sheik returns it to him, their hands touch.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the escape in the rescue of Jazira, gates are slammed and barred in Hildalgo's path, but the bar securing the gates is on the outside of the residence. Gates are barred on the inside.
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When Hopkins boards the City of Paris, men are climbing rigging in the background. The rigging does not go to the top of the tower that supports it. Essentially, they are climbing to nowhere.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Frank releases Hidalgo into the wild, Hidalgo is wearing horseshoes. They would eventually fall off, but a good horseman would remove the shoes from the horse before releasing it.
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Continuity 

When Hidalgo collapses just before Frank has his visions he has black markings in a horseshoe pattern under his nostrils. In shots of Hidalgo's head during the sprint scene that follows, the horse is pure white under his nostrils. In the subsequent victory scene in the ocean, Hidalgo once again has the black markings.
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Errors in geography 

Damascus is the finish line for the race. In the movie, the finish line is just yards from the ocean. Damascus is 60 miles inland.
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